• Josh’s Memoriable Duke Camp Experience

    Posted: December 2nd, 2010

    My son, Josh, loves Duke Basketball and always has. When he was 12, he and his best friend, Christian, attended a camp at Duke University in 2004. They were both playing basketball and idolized J. J. Reddick and the Duke players. I remember driving from Virginia to North Carolina and wondering if Josh and his friend really would stay overnight and not get home sick as they had never really stayed away from home.

    We arrived, along with thousands of other families with their sons who were anxious to meet the players and dribble the basketball on the Duke Court. I was pleasantly surprised at the great organization process to register the boys and get them started on their adventure.

    As my daughter and the boys were having their pictures taken with several of the Duke players, I noticed a line forming and quickly realized it was to meet Coach K. My daughter and I stood in line for over an hour, but when it was our turn to shake his hand and speak with him, it was all worth it. He never once made us feel rushed, even though many, many others were waiting behind us. He asked us about Josh and if he was excited to be there and promised he would enjoy his experience there. We felt like his old friends. I still have the picture of him and Ashley.

    I remember thinking what a wonderful man he was and how he just seemed to be someone of great morals and character. Josh never became homesick, in fact, I think he hated to leave. He still watches the Duke games today and reminisces about the great speeches Coach K gave and how he promoted having a good work ethic and the importance of just being a good person. He learned lessons there that will last a lifetime. I’m grateful that he was able to have that experience and even more thankful that there are people like Coach K that help mold the young people of today!


Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K
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